Scotland centre Tom Philip escapedpunishment by a Six Nations disciplinary panel here Thursday even though they ruledthat his high tackle on Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll in last weekend'sclash was dangerous. But the fact that no ban has been imposed means Philip is clear toplay for Edinburgh in their European Cup quarter-final against French holdersToulouse on April 10. Philip's challenge on O'Driscoll took place during Ireland's 37-16Triple Crown clinching win here at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, a result that condemned Scotland to the wooden spoon after they lost all five oftheir Six Nations games this season. However, the incident was missed by match officials and promptedIreland chiefs, whose side finished second in the table behind Grand-Slam
winners France, to cite Philip. But, after meeting on Wednesday, a disciplinary committeecomprising of Paul Mauriac (France), Terry Vaux (Wales) and former England propJeff Probyn said in a statement issued Thursday they did not believe a suspensionwas justified as the incident was only worth a yellow card. "The committee upheld the citing complaint and judged that,although the tackle was considered dangerous within the meaning of Law 10.4. (e),they believed that the tackle was made recklessly rather than withintent," the statement said. "In our view, referees deal with this type of tackle byissuing a yellow card. In such circumstances, we do not feel that any suspension wouldbe appropriate."
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised the squad's 'immense character' following the 27-24 GUINNESS Series success against Australia. Meanwhile, captain Rory Best reflects on 'an emotional day' as he made his 100th appearance for his country.
Irish Rugby TV brings you a behind the scenes look at Ireland's final GUINNESS Series game against Australia. Joe Schmidt's men marked captain Rory Best's 100th cap with a superb 27-24 victory over the Wallabies.
Saturday's GUINNESS Series clash with Australia marks Michael Kearney's last game as Ireland team manager. We spoke to him about five memorable years in the role. Watch out for a couple of special cameos!
Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, and Bid Ambassador Brian O'Driscoll speak about their excitement at officially launching Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. #Ireland2023
We're ready to create something legendary. A showcase for rugby nations old and new. A tournament that will grow the game globally, promote the values, spirit and ethos of rugby and will capture the world's imagination. #Ireland2023 - Liam Neeson gives voice to Ireland's bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.